Sharing the goodness


Isn’t that beautiful? Taxing cartography shared by top bloke Gareth Thomas.

I just wanted to give a quick shout out for Lichfield District Council’s top Geographic Services officer, Gareth Thomas. Gareth, long time readers will recall, has shared loads of good stuff with readers of not just this blog, but others, including Lichfield Lore.

Gareth’s selfless and innovative actions provided not only a wealth of wonderful aerial imagery, but of maps, lost photos and other information that would otherwise stay hidden, or closeted by less generous spirited local history types.

With that in mind, I’d like to point out yet again, Gareth’s Pinterest site, which is a veritable repository of wonderful stuff. He’s recently added some photos of the Stonnall Tithe map, which I know will be of interest to some local history buffs reading this.

Please do pop along and check Gareth’s site out – without his work in the last 12 months particularly, the local history scene hereabouts would be very much the poorer, and the spirit of freely sharing stuff he finds is really what makes local history fun and friendly, which is exactly what it should be.

Just remember, if you want to use his stuff, ask his permission first. It’s only manners, as I’ve pointed out before, and it gives him a nice, cheesy grin. When he’s happy, he shares more stuff…

Cheers, mate.


This may be familiar if readers study it carefully. Cheers to Gareth for sharing it.

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14 Responses to Sharing the goodness

  1. Warrington Cuthbert smyth. says:

    I see in the Grey area near center of map that is says “Purchased from Elizabeth Brawn” Must be the Brawn of the now leveled Brawns wood where i used to play as a child.

  2. David Evans says:

    Hi Bob
    a huge thanks to Gareth for this wonderful map of Sandhills and Lane’s farm. It would appear from this map that the spur canal was built with the main canal! The little settlement of Sandhills too is most revealing. Did the Tithe map indicate the house owners/ tenants, or just the landowners. please.
    Gareth is a very generous man and I thank him personally and sincerely.

  3. Thank you Bob! Your very kind indeed. Pleased people like as they are great maps with lots of names and history. The map itself is 2 x A0 size so unable to scan properly so have been taking photo’s in chunks so I could upload for people 🙂

  4. Pedro says:

    Other involvements for John Walhouse Esq…

    Walsall, Rushall. Mines of limestone called Walsall or Butts Limeworks, and all mines of limestone which may be found in Balls Hills, the Engine Piece, a close adj., close on W. side of Turnpike road, close betw. Butts Lane and Warwicks Field, 2 closes called Warwicks Fields, Shaws Leasows, the Pitty Piece, the surface of the said parcels of land, stable at bottom of Rushall St. Walsall, steam engine and other equipment, reserving coal and iron if found. March 1826
    (Leases from John Walhouse to Strongitharm, Wagstaff and Harrison, limemasters and co-partners.)
    Walsall, Rushall. Lease of same properties with the addition of rail road from Wisemoor Bridge to Wolverhampton Turnpike Road and wharf adj. to same road.
    The limestone works are here called the Walsall and Rushall Butts and Shaws Leasows Limeworks.
    To Harrison,limemaster. March 1834
    Walsall & Rushall. 16 draft leases by John Walhouse of property including coal and ironstone mines.

  5. David Evans says:

    Hi Bob
    manorial allotments..( Over Stonnall Common plan)a phrase new to me…help! please…

  6. Clive says:

    Great maps Gareth. have you any dates for them, many thanks.

    • Hi Clive yes, these are attached to an enclosure award book which dates 1864 and is 400 pages in length , with a map sewn into the rear that is approximately twice the size of A0 🙂

  7. Clive says:

    Hi Gareth. Thanks for the info, my god, i would love to dive into that map and have a look around.
    you lucky man, and you do this for a living. Best wishes Clive.

  8. I am trying to arrange for the map and book to be put on public display via one of my co workers , the book is so big yet full of so many pages of historical information it needs to be displayed and scanned for all to enjoy

    • Gaz

      I can put you in touch with a professional scanning company who specialise in old documents.

      If LDC would release the document, I’d happily pay for it to be done providing we could make the scans available free of charge.

      How about that?



  9. Peter says:

    Saying thanks to Gareth doesn’t seem enough really, but here goes anyway….. Thank you.


    • Peter, Thanks is more than enough. Just like people to have access and sight of the documents that cross my path daily! Its great to see people put more of story behind the maps and the added research and time, effort that comes from sharing these maps/documents. Makes it all come alive and is truly fascinating. All this makes it more than worthwhile & as you know I like to promote Lichfield as much as I can!!

  10. Pedro says:


    On google Books there is “A complete treatise on practical land-surveying” 1838.

    It seems to be a description of how the land was inclosed…

    The process respecting allotments…

    1 All new drains, roads, and sand pits are set.
    2 The manorial allotment.
    3 The tithe allotment.
    4 The allotment to different proprietors.

    The manorial allotment is generally one sixteenth or one twentieth part of the value of the commons or waste grounds to be inclosed, and is calculated directly after roads, drains, sand pits &c, and deducted from the total value of the common, &c.

    Regards Pedro

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